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RSI Armored Vehicles

by Barbarigo

A listing of the Italian Social Republic (RSI) armored vehicles used by the following forces.

Esercito Nazionale Repubblicano

Gruppo Squadroni Corazzati “Leoncello”

Squadrone Comando (HQ squad.):
1 Semovente M43 da 105/25 (“Bassotto”)
4 Autoblindo AB40/41
Squadrone Carri M (medium tanks squad.):
4 Medium tanks M13/40
3 Medium tanks M15/42
Squadrone Carri l (light tanks squad.):
12 Tankettes L3 in different versions

Gruppo Squadroni Corazzati “San Giusto”

4 Medium tanks M13/40
2 Semovente L6/40 da 47/32
16 Tankettes L3/33 and L3/35
2 Autoblindo AB41
1 Semovente M42 da 75/34
3 Semovente M42 da 75/18

I° Divisione di fanteria “Italia”

9 Semovente M42 da 75/18

The Italian invasion of Egypt in 19...
The Italian invasion of Egypt in 1940

Raggruppamento “Cacciatori degli Appennini”

4 Semoventi M42 da 75/15
6 Autoblindo (probably Italian AB41)

R.A.P. Reparto Anti Partigiani

7 Tankettes L3/35 and L3/38
2 Light tanks L6/40
1 Medium tank M13/40
1 Autoblindo AB41
2 Semoventi M42 da 75/18

Reggimento Alpini “Tagliamento”

1 Autoprotetta Fiat 665

Compagnia L CCCXII btg

15 Tankettes L3

Marina Nazionale Repubblicana

Divisione Decima MAS

Battaglione “Fulmine”

1 Armored car self-made on AB41 or on AS43 chassis

Battaglione “Lupo”

1 Light tanks L6/40 (captured from partisans in Alba)

Gruppo d’Artiglieria “Colleoni”

1 Autocannone da 90/53 (on SPA Dovunque 41 chassis armored)

Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana

A 1944 photo of an AS43 armored car of the Leonessa Group in Piedmont. Image: <a href=

Tank Encyclopedia” width=”1024″ height=”669″> A 1944 photo of an AS43 armored car of the Leonessa Group in Piedmont. Image: Tank Encyclopedia

Gruppo Corazzato “Leonessa”:

35 Medium tanks M13/40, M14/41 and M15/42 (including 2 Carro Comando M15/42 comand version)
1 Semovente L6/40 da 47/32
5 Light tanks L6/40
16 Tankettes L3/33 and L3/35
1 Autoblindo “Dingo” probably it was a “Lince”, not a captured “Dingo”)
18 Autoblindo AB41 and AB43
10 Autoblindo “Zerbino” (not better identified)
2 Autoblindo AS43 (or more than 2?)
3 Heavy armored vehicles
4 Light armored vehicles
8 Armored vehicles S40 and S26 (not better identified)

I Legione d’Assalto “Tagliamento”

Some tankettes L3/35

II Reggimento Milizia Del Territorio “Istria”

2 Tankettes L3/33
6 Armored cars with 13.2 mm and 20 mm machine guns

Battaglione 9 Settembre:

1 Autoblindo AB41

Polizia Repubblicana

Legione Autonoma Mobile “Ettore Muti”

2 Tankettes L3/35

Brigate Nere

Brigata Nera “Ather Capelli”

1 SPA Dovunque 35 armored truck
1 unidentified armored car

Brigata Nera “Benito Mussolini”

1 Lancia 3 RO armored truck with armored trailer
1 Fiat 1500 armored car

Notes
Autoblinda, Autoprotetta= armored car
Semovente= self propelled gun mounted on a tank chassis
Autocannone= self propelled gun mounted on a truck

This list may not be complete. Please e-mail me a note regarding any mistakes or for any additions. I’ll be grateful to you.

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